Q100048: Locating the default .nuke directory



This article aims to list the common directory locations associated with Nuke.



Product default install location

Linux:  /usr/local/Nuke14.0v5/
macOS:  /Applications/Nuke14.0v5/Nuke14.0v5.app/Contents/MacOS/
Windows:  C:\Program Files\Nuke14.0v5\

.nuke default folder location

Linux:  /home/login name/.nuke
macOS:  /Users/login name/.nuke
Windows:  C:\Users\user name\.nuke

Please be aware this folder can be hidden by default, and if this is the case there are a number of online resources documenting how to show hidden folders for each OS.
  • On Linux: CTRL+H should enable hidden files in the GUI.
  • On macOS: Pressing CMD+Shift+Period will display the hidden files/folders in the Finder.

NOTE: On Windows, the .nuke folder can be found under the directory pointed to by the HOME environment variable. If this variable is not set (which is common), the .nuke directory will be under the folder specified by the HOMEDRIVE and HOMEPATH environment variables, which are generally in the form of

HOMEDRIVE=drive letter:
HOMEPATH=\Users\login name\

To find out if the HOME or HOMEDRIVE and HOMEPATH environment variables are set, and where they are pointing to, enter %HOME%, %HOMEDRIVE% or %HOMEPATH% into the address bar in Windows Explorer. If the environment variable is set, the folder it’s pointing at is opened. If it’s not set, an error will be displayed.

On Linux and macOS, the .nuke folder can also be found under the directory pointed to by the HOME environment variable. For more information about how to check environment variables that are set on your system, please refer to the following article:

Q100017: How to list environment variables


Cache default directory

Linux:  /var/tmp/nuke-u####  (where #### is a current user number such as u1001)
macOS:  /var/tmp/nuke-u### (where ### is a current user number, such as u501)
Windows:  C:\Users\user name\AppData\Local\Temp\nuke

You can find the location of Nuke's general cache directory from within Nuke by hitting x on your keyboard when the focus is on the Node Graph, and then running the following TCL command:


For more information, please refer to The Cache Directory section of Nuke's online documentation.

Plugin default directories


/users/login name/.nuke

/Users/login name/.nuke

C:\Program Files\Nuke14.0v5\plugins\nukescripts
C:\Program Files\Nuke14.0v5\plugins
C:\Users\login name\.nuke

OFX plugin default directories




C:\Program Files\Common Files\OFX\Nuke
C:\Program Files\Common Files\OFX\Plugins

For more information, please refer to the following section of Nuke's documentation: 

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